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Black Ash Sun Hat


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Black ash sun hat made by Penelope Minner of the Seneca Nation. This unique hat also has sweetgrass woven into the brim. This hat can be used for its intended purposes or would be a great addition to your collection. Iroquois people have been weaving baskets and other items for utilitarian uses for centuries. Penelope as a modern artist often pushes the bounds of basket weaving into new and innovative ideas.

Black ash tree splints are most commonly used for making baskets. Threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer, black ash trees are in danger of being wiped out in the United States.

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Artist Statement:

My parents were very artistic, traditional crafts people of their time. My father, Lester Jimerson was a traditional wood carver, mask maker, he made horn rattles and turtle rattles and traditional Seneca head dresses, while my mother, Hazel would make corn husk dolls and corn husk mats and salt bottles. They both have works in the Smithsonian Institute collections. Traditional arts and crafts were common place in our household. I learned much from watching them. I also learned a lot about basket making from my cousin, Midge Dean Stock. I feel that through my talents I am able to share their spirit with others to pass on to the next generation and to those who are willing to learn. Within the last 5 years I have worked within the community to teach black ash splint basket making and corn husk doll making, though I have been practicing the crafts for over 13 years.

The basket making process is time consuming and labor intensive and because of that, many new students find that it’s not for them. Finding a dedicated student to whom I can pass this along and keep the tradition alive is a true pleasure.

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